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October 9, 2013

Governor Brown Signs AB 154 – Improves Early Abortion Access in CA

Today Governor Brown signed AB 154, authored by Assemblymember Toni Atkins, into law – important public health policy that will improve early abortion access in California. California is the only state in the nation in 2013 that has passed proactive legislation that improves access to abortion and we hope that by signing this bill into law we can further efforts to expand access to women throughout the country.

Thank you to all of the reproductive health supporters across California for helping make this happen! It was incredibly inspiring this year to be part of a coalition of more than 30 organizations in California who came together in the California Women’s Health Alliance. AB 154 is an example of best practices in public health policy - crafted based on a foundation of scientific research, a 6-year study that demonstrated the safety and soundness of this public health policy that will now become law in January 2014.

AB 154 improves access by authorizing trained and qualified nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives and physicians assistants to perform early abortions. The bill is based on a six-year study conducted by the University of California San Francisco which showed that specially trained health professionals can provide high quality early abortion care.

AB 154 was sponsored by ACCESS Women’s Health Justice, ACLU of California, Black Women for Wellness, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, NARAL Pro-Choice California, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. The bill had the support of the California Women’s Health Alliance, which comprises more than 30 women’s health and rights groups that support improving access to women’s reproductive health care.

California Women’s Health Alliance members: ACCESS Women's Health Justice, ACLU of California, ACT for Women and Girls, American Nurses Association/California, Bay Area Communities for Health Education, Black Women for Wellness, Business & Professional Women of Nevada County, California Church IMPACT, California Family Health Council, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, California Nurse-Midwives Association, California Women's Law Center, Cardea Institute, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Choice USA, Forward Together, Fresno Barrios Unidos, Khmer Girls in Action, League of Women Voters of California, NARAL Pro-Choice California, National Abortion Federation, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, National Center for Lesbian Rights, National Council of Jewish Women - California, National Health Law Program, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, National Network of Abortion Funds, Nevada County Citizens for Choice, Nursing Students for Choice, Physicians for Reproductive Health, Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, Reproductive Justice Coalition of Los Angeles, Women's Community Clinic, Women's Health Specialists of California

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